They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore: Mitchell Leisen’s Colossal Soaper To Each His Own in 35mm – Sept. 27

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1946
An epic soap opera that resurrected the maternal melodrama from the postwar doldrums, To Each His Own was a self-conscious throwback, closer to the generation-spanning heartbreak of Stella Dallas than the gunfire parenting of Mildred Pierce. Woman’s pic master  Mitchell Leisen and screenwriter Charles Brackett fashioned To Each His Own to suit the needs of Olivia de Havilland, returning to the screen after two years’ absence following a contract dispute with Warner Bros. The gambit paid off: de Havilland won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Jody Norris, a young woman who works in her family’s pharmacy and becomes impregnated by a suave pilot (John Lund) towards the end of World War I. After her lover’s death, Jody arranges for their son to be adopted but remains his protector from afar, securing young Griggsy’s future from her burgeoning cosmetics empire but never managing to buy the boy’s love. Will the grown-up Griggsy (Lund again!) ever appreciate or understand his mysterious benefactor? We can’t say, but we’ll pass along Leisen’s paraphrase of a plea from exhibitors: “Please add a little bit on the end to let people dry their tears. We turn on our lights and the customers are crying so hard they can’t see their way out of the theater.” (KW)
122 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal

Preceded by: Popeye the Sailor in “I Likes Babies and Infinks” (Fleischer Studios, 1937) – 16mm – 7 min

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